Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
Zack is a Floridian who graduated Magna Sum Laude from the University of Florida before interning at the Tampa Bay Times. He's also worked at the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., and the Gainesville Sun in Florida. He covers courts for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Man indicted in 2009 cold case killing on the run

Published Jun. 12 2018

The local district attorney's office believes it has cracked a previously unsolved robbery-turned-murder from 2009.

Man who shot ex-girlfriend and another man gets 10 years on probation

Published Jun. 8 2018

A Chattanooga mother's quest to get justice for her daughter ended Friday with a plea agreement that puts her would-be...

Physician suing Erlanger CEO over racial discrimination adds more details to lawsuit

Published Jun. 8 2018

A longtime physician who is suing Erlanger hospital CEO Kevin Spiegel over allegedly ignoring racial discrimination complaints has added more...

Bledsoe County school district denies many claims in racial discrimination complaint

Published Jun. 7 2018

Last month, a biracial student filed suit against Bledsoe County's Department of Education, saying she was unfairly suspended for 365...

Judge turns down motion to dismiss in Hamilton County commissioner's extortion case

Published Jun. 5 2018

Tim Boyd's criminal extortion case could go to trial this fall after a special judge on Tuesday declined the county...

Local judge invited to join statewide legal association

Published Jun. 5 2018

A local judge has been elected to an invitation-only, statewide legal association.

Learning-disabled Chattanooga man sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexual battery

Published Jun. 5 2018

A 20-year-old, learning-disabled man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for a 2014 sexual assault case involving an...

East Ridge residents question relationships in Border Region development [photos]

Published Jun. 3 2018

Over the span of four years here, Interstate 75's Exit 1 has transformed into a commercial development with big-name restaurants...

Free Chattanooga NAACP forum to discuss mass incarceration

Published Jun. 2 2018

Criminal justice experts will gather in Chattanooga today to discuss mass incarceration, racial disparities in the prison system and other...

Tennessee Supreme Court hears arguments in DUI fee case

Published May. 31 2018

Some Tennessee Supreme Court justices seemed sympathetic to a local attorney's argument Thursday that a fee system used in DUI...

Chattanooga family fights to keep autistic son out of courts system

Published May. 31 2018

Nickolas Current's aspirations don't sound too different from a typical 18-year-old: He wants to build big muscles, get his GED...

Jury convicts Chattanooga man of murder in son-in-law's shooting death

Published May. 30 2018

A 57-year-old Chattanooga man has been convicted in his son-in-law's 2016 death.


Investigative file sheds more light on 2017 death at Silverdale Detention Center [interactive]

Published May. 28 2018

The last time Dana Palmer was conscious, she was belly-down in a jailhouse shower, frothing at the mouth, naked and...

Defense attorneys move to dismiss Cortez Sims from RICO case

Published May. 24 2018

Cortez Sims may have shot and killed a 14-year-old boy during a gang feud in 2014, but unless prosecutors can...

Incumbent Ralph Van Pelt keeps Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judgeship

Published May. 22 2018

Ralph Van Pelt Jr. will remain Georgia's Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge after a nail-biting victory over his...

Hamilton County deputy finds cocaine in his drink, sues restaurant chain

Published May. 22 2018

A Hamilton County deputy says a local server slipped a bag of cocaine into his meal in 2017, a move...

Attorneys discuss state racketeering law, say they need evidence to properly defend case

Published May. 18 2018

Chattanooga prosecutors have until Halloween to turn over evidence that would help 54 people charged in a gang racketeering indictment...

Ethics complaint: East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert received campaign contributions as reward for past action

Published May. 16 2018

An East Ridge citizen has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Brent Lambert, saying $3,000 in campaign contributions he received...

Some local DUI cases on hold as attorneys await outcome of house bill ruling

Published May. 15 2018

Does a new Tennessee House bill fix a drug-and-alcohol fee system that a Chattanooga lawyer says is unconstitutional? That's what...

Woodmore crash bus driver's lawyer says district attorney hid evidence, calls for judge to reconsider sentence

Published May. 12 2018

A local judge should re-evaluate the four-year sentence he gave to the driver in the Woodmore Elementary School fatal bus...